It’s no great secret. We all love Twitter followers, and the more the better. But how do you go about getting people to follow you? Of course Tweeting informative, entertaining and interesting Tweets helps, but we all know in reality that following Tweeps and then waiting for some to follow you back is the tried and true winner.
The new Activity tab on Twitter has been a real eye opener for me as I can see in real time who is following who. While many are of course following interesting celebrities and high profile users, there are clearly many who are ‘slather following’. By this I mean, click, follow, click follow without any thought.
Then when they get to 2,000 follow and hardly any follow backs, they give up and reckon Twitter is a waste of time. But with a little bit of selectivity, the rate of people you follow to who follows you back can be quite high indeed. When selecting people to follow, consider the following information before hitting the follow button, and your follower ratio should improve dramatically.
Check the last Tweet date. More than 4 weeks indicates an inactive user who will never be around again to follow you back. My own criteria is not to follow anyone with a last tweet more than 7 days ago.
Beware of users with slightly more followers than follows. While many are fine, there are those who are hooked on getting your follow, then unfollowing you soon after to protect their numbers.
Stay away from ‘teamfollowback’ hash tagged users. Most are spammers looking for new prey.
Keep within your area of interest. If you’re into horses, following tech blogs probably won’t bring you many follow backs.
Check on the number of Tweets sent by a user. Anything less than 100 usually means next to no interaction, so why bother.
No bio, don’t follow. Almost guaranteed to be an auto created account by spammers.
See who your friends follow. Too simple, but highly effective in finding Tweeps who share your interests.
Follow back new followers. (Except obvious spammers)
Lastly, protected accounts. If you wish, but I avoid them. I like the openness of Twitter too much.
So good luck in increasing your follow count and enjoying Twitter.